Novell's recent board shakeup.
"While Novell has embraced Linux and open-source with its acquisition of Ximian and SUSE, it has been unable to profit from these technologies as quickly as many of its investors would like.
Messman, and his plans for Novell, had been criticized since last fall by major stock holders Blum Capital Partners LP investment firm and Credit Suisse First Boston on several fronts. Messman, analysts at both firms felt, had not been moving fast enough to cut the fat from Novell.
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